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Limitless Analytics with Azure Synapse

By : Prashant Kumar Mishra
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Limitless Analytics with Azure Synapse

By: Prashant Kumar Mishra

Overview of this book

Azure Synapse Analytics, which Microsoft describes as the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, is a limitless analytics service that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics together. With this book, you'll learn how to discover insights from your data effectively using this platform. The book starts with an overview of Azure Synapse Analytics, its architecture, and how it can be used to improve business intelligence and machine learning capabilities. Next, you'll go on to choose and set up the correct environment for your business problem. You'll also learn a variety of ways to ingest data from various sources and orchestrate the data using transformation techniques offered by Azure Synapse. Later, you'll explore how to handle both relational and non-relational data using the SQL language. As you progress, you'll perform real-time streaming and execute data analysis operations on your data using various languages, before going on to apply ML techniques to derive accurate and granular insights from data. Finally, you'll discover how to protect sensitive data in real time by using security and privacy features. By the end of this Azure book, you'll be able to build end-to-end analytics solutions while focusing on data prep, data management, data warehousing, and AI tasks.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: The Basics and Key Concepts
Section 2: Data Ingestion and Orchestration
Section 3: Azure Synapse for Data Scientists and Business Analysts
Section 4: Best Practices

Technical requirements

Before you start orchestrating your data, certain prerequisites apply, as outlined here:

  • You should have an Azure subscription, or access to any other subscription with contributor-level access.
  • Create your Synapse workspace on this subscription. You can follow the instructions from Chapter 1, Introduction to Azure Synapse, to create your Synapse workspace.
  • Create a Structured Query Language (SQL) pool and a Spark pool on Azure Synapse. This was covered in Chapter 2, Considerations for Your Compute Environment.
  • You must have an Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 account with two containers, demozipfiles-ch04 and demozipfilestating-ch04, with read/write permissions.
  • Download the sample zipped files from and extract the ZIP files to get two zipped files, and
  • Upload these two zipped files to the demozipfiles-ch04 container in your Azure Data Lake Storage...